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Leatherneck Magazine(the official magazine of the U.S. Marines)
"Leatherneck Line" - "Films Depict Military Lifestyle"
March 2008, p.56
Three documentaries that portray military life are receiving accolades from film festivals, and one has
even been nominated for an Oscar. These films document military medical training, life as a military
dependent, and war from the perspective of the warriors and their families.
"BRATS: Our Journey Home"
This documentary will resonate with those whose lives have been profoundly affected by the military.
"BRATS: Our Journey Home" is a film about growing up in a military family. Military "brats"
experience a unique lifestyle without a hometown in the traditional sense. Director Donna Musil
said, "We brats have no true hometowns, and our freinds are scattered to the winds."
Some of the famous brats who participated in the film include U.S. Air Force brat Kris
Kristofferson, who not only narrated but also donated original songs to the production, and
retired U.S. Army General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, who is a brat and the father of brats.
They are among the many who discuss the profound effect growing up in a military family
has had on their lives.
In 2007, the documentary was shown in 64 cities and aboard military bases, beginning its
national tour at the Marines' Memorial Association in San Francisco and ending at the
U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C. The film also is being shown overseas, with scheduled
screenings planned for this spring in Department of Defense schools in the European